Favorite Marriage Books

One of the questions I am most often asked is about recommendations for good marriage/premarriage books. I love to read books about marriage and always have at least one going at any given time. Below is a work in progress list of some of my favorite marriage books.

Most of them are ‘general’ marriage books, but you will also see a few mini-categories for books about things like intimacy and premarriage books.

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My absolute #1 favorite marriage book. Great for married, single, dating and engaged. Solid, Christ-centered, challenging. Always my top recommendation for couples.

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I recently read this new release by Darrin & Amie Patrick. Adds some unique elements that I have not seen in other marriage books. Here is my review of this book by the Patricks.

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This was a paradigm-shifting book for me. The title says it all, and the concept of me being the chief sinner in marriage changed my view of my own marriage.

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What if God designed marriage to make us holy, not happy? I’ve read this book at least 5 times, and it’s a butt-kicking every time! I highly recommend it!

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Really fun book by Ted Cunningham. Focuses on the importance of dating your spouse and making them a priority. Ecclesiastes 9:9 is the key text for this this book.

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We have all of our newly married couples read this one. Great book on learning how to communicate and conflict effectively. Also covers expectations, commitment and much more!

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Really enjoyed this one by Craig Groeschel. I wrote a book summary if you would like more info on this book. Covers five decisions for all couples to make from this day forward.

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Vintage John Piper – dense, challenging, and theologically rich. It takes some time to read any chapter in the book because each page and chapter are so full of challenging truth.

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Best book I know for blended/step families. Ron Deal loves Jesus and I trust everything I read that he writes on when it comes to blended families. Great library of books for couples, moms and dads.

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Based on Ephesians 5:33, Love & Respect does a good job of addressing the husband’s desire for respect and the wife’s desire for love. Practical and easy to relate to the author’s examples.

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Based on a sermon-series of the same title, Love, Sex and Dating is vintage Andy Stanley – practical, creative and a helpful read for all couples.

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I really enjoyed this book by Buzzard. He does a good job of talking about marriage and effectively challenges the husband to pursue and date his wife.

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Great resource for those getting married and planning a wedding. This is a book I wish i had written. Helps get the focus in the right place. I did a review of this book on my site.

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I don’t know of too many authors who crush it every time they write about marriage. Another winner from by Gary Thomas.

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2 topics we don’t like to spend time on – money and sex. Really solid book that addresses two topics all married couples need to address and discuss.

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Paul Tripp says it well in this book – it won’t take long for you to be disappointed in marriage. Tripp helps you deal with the unmet expectations we all face in relationships.

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Great new book on marriage from Matt Chandler, lead pastor of the Village Church in the great state of Texas. Unpacks what God says about marriage in the Song of Solomon.

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Big fan of these books by Shaunti Feldhahn. We use For Men Only and For Women Only when we do premarital mentoring with couples. What men need to know about most women.

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Big fan of these books by Shaunti Feldhahn. We use For Men Only and For Women Only when we do premarital mentoring with couples. What women need to know about most men.

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In this book, Feldhahn and Gross unpack the concept of the Visual Rolodex from For Women Only. Helps women understand the visual nature of men.

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I really enjoyed this book from Cherie Lowe on money and debt. The book is practical, biblical and helpful for all couples. You can read more in my book review.

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This marriage book by Francis & Lisa Chan is more about the Christian Life and anticipating ‘forever’ than marriage, but still provides an excellent perspective on the greater purpose of marriage.

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Books About Sexual Intimacy

We use this book by Kevin Leman with all of our newly married small groups at Watermark. While I don’t agree with everything he says, there are some great chapters in here.

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I really like this one by Shannon Ethridge. Very practical, and I like her approach of taking 40 common questions and addressing them throughout.

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Excellent book for women – very honest, biblical and real approach to some of the questions women have and often are afraid to ask or address.

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Books for Premarried Couples

Very helpful book for those couples who have not gotten engaged yet. Addresses 12 common questions you need to answer before you say “I do.”

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I have not even read this one yet, but I trust the authors and the book comes highly recommended from people I trust. Also has a workbook and videos you can go through together.

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Kristen and I went through this one together in 2001. Practical, very trustworthy and comes with in a workbook format so that you can discuss with your significant other as you prepare for marriage.

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